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Christian Pulisic left out of Champions League clash due to muscle injury

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Christian Pulisic will miss a second straight game for Borrusia Dortmund due to the same "muscle injury" that kept the American out of action against Dortmund's match against Stuttgart in league play days prior.

The German side, who have not announced how long Pulisic will be out of action for, take on Tottenham in a vital must-win Champions League match.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Christian Pulisic, Cameron Carter-Vickers and more

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Christian Pulisic put in a spectacular performance over the weekend, but it wasn't enough to lead Borussia Dortmund to victory.

The U.S. Men's National Team star earned praise from his manager and a German legend for his efforts, but it wasn't enough as Dortmund fell, 3-1, to Bayern Munich.

Mexican national team director: Jonathan Gonzalez chooses USMNT, but El Tri still pushing

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After breaking through as one of the brighter prospects in North American soccer, Jonathan Gonzalez is expected to join the U.S. Men's National Team over Mexico. However, El Tri isn't done pushing for the young midfielder

According toDennis Te Kloese, Director of National Teams for the Mexican Football Federation, the young Monterrey midfielder has made it clear that he wishes to join the U.

US Soccer

Is our American soccer culture in worse shape than we thought?

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - I've experienced a wide range of emotions during USMNT games over the past few years, both as a journalistic observer and from the perspective of a soccer-enamored American. Tuesday's friendly draw with Portugal handed me a new one.

The USMNT plays a unique friendly

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Nov 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - The last time the USMNT played a game under circumstances similar to those of their 1-1 draw with Portugal in Leiria, no single player on the gameday roster was alive. The last time the USMNT played a game like this, the man who coached the team on Tuesday was a 32-year old assistant coach under Bruce Arena at the University of Virginia.

Portugal 1 – USMNT 1

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The USMNT returned to action on Tuesday, drawing 1-1 with Portugal in Leiria. In a game that served as a fundraiser for victims of the recent forest fires in the region, it was the visitors taking advantage early. Weston McKennie opened the scoring in the 21st minute with CJ Sapong assisting.

Interim coach Dave Sarachan calls in 21 USMNT players

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Interim USMNT coach Dave Sarachan released his roster for the international friendly against Portugal on November 14 (3:45pm ET - FS1). Sarachan called in a mix of European-based and MLS players, focusing on a younger team. This is the only game scheduled for the USMNT during the November international window.

Report: Tata Martino turns down USMNT switch, remains keen on Atlanta United job

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It hasn't taken long for Gerardo "Tata" Martino to embrace his relatively new home in Atlanta.

According to TyC Sports' Cesar Luis Merlo, the Argentine and former Barcelona boss, has reportedly turned down an offer to manage the U.S. Men's National Team as he remains committed to return to Atlanta United for his and the club's second year in MLS.

Portugal

Weston McKennie scores as USMNT earns tie with Portugal

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The U.S. Men's National Team's young guns got their first experience of senior action on Tuesday and it was one of the team's youngest players that provided a goal in a solid performance in Portugal.

Weston McKennie scored a first half goal from the USMNT, but an Ethan Horvath blunder saw Portugal come back and earn a 1-1 draw at theEstádio Dr.

Your USMNT Line-Up v Portugal

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Well... I got the back line I wanted, the central midfield triangle I asked for is there, and Sapong gets a shot. And yet, all I can think about is how we should bar coaches from using a 4-4-2. I mean, why??? Hrmph. Go time in Portugal. Introducing your final #USMNT starting XI for 2017.Lineup notes » https://t.

Preview: USMNT vs Portugal

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We're all well aware of the circumstances. Not qualifying for the 2017 World Cup. USMNT coach Bruce Arena resigning. His assistant Dave Sarachan taking over on an interim basis. The US Soccer presidential election cyle delaying a quick decision. Availability of coaching candidates perhaps carrying that into this World Cup summer.

A beginning, and an end, for the USMNT in Portugal

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 10, 2017) US Soccer Players - Fifteen years and five months after the shock World Cup win over Portugal that launched the program into a bold new century, a dramatically revamped USMNT squad has gathered in Lisbon this week ahead of a rematch that marks both the beginning and end of an era.

The actual clipboard.

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The USMNT camp roster for next week's Portugal friendly is out, and it is very lean. Dave Sarachan summoned 21 players, including five impressive uncapped youngsters (marked by asterisks below. Josh Sargent is one of them, a fact which stands among my biggest surprises. The calls for Tim Ream and C.

Report: Christian Pulisic to remain with Borussia Dortmund during international break

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It appears that Christian Pulisic won't be joining the U.S. Men's National Team in Portugal this week.

Kagawa, Aubameyang und Pulisic bleiben während der Länderspielpause in Dortmund. #skyBuli pic.twitter.com/KG7FFV9amc

- Sky Sport News HD (@SkySportNewsHD) November 5, 2017

According to Sky Sports, Pulisic, Shiji Kagawa and Pierre-Emmerick Aubameyang are set to remain in Dortmund throughout the international break.

Cristiano Ronaldo left off Portugal's roster for USMNT friendly

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Portugal released their roster for their upcoming block of friendlies, including one against the U.S. Men's National Team, and one notable name is absent.

What should be a young USMNT squad will not face Cristiano Ronaldo, as the international superstar will not suit up with his national team next weekend.

Projecting the USMNT roster for the Portugal friendly

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It's been nearly one month since U.S. Men's National Team doomsday, and a lot has happened in that month. Bruce Arena has moved on, and a number of the players from that fateful day in Trinidad & Tobago will likely join him. There has been plenty of criticism and calls for reform in the past few weeks, and the reverb from the 2018 World Cup failure will ring out for a long time.

Report: Portugal friendly to be only USMNT match of November window

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It appears the November international break will feature just one match for the U.S. Men's National Team.

According to ESPN, the U.S. will only play Portugal as part of the November international break, which runs from the 6-14. The U.S. is set to face the reigning Euro champions in Portugal on Nov.

Weston McKennie

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Weston McKennie

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Weston McKennie couldn't have asked for a better U.S. Men's National Team debut.

The 19-year-old Schalke midfielder found the back of the net in his first start in the USMNT's first game since failing to advance to the World Cup. The goal and McKennie's play in the midfield earned the young Schalke star honors as SBI USMNT Man of the Match.

Next generation of USMNT stars ready for opportunity against Portugal

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A month of the heartbreaking disappointment of failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, there's a renewed sense of excitement in the U.S. Men's National Team camp.

Interim manager Dave Sarachan called in plenty of fresh faces, some of whom may have been valuable in October if given the opportunity, for Tuesday's friendly against Portugal.

Sargent, McKennie, Adams headline USMNT roster for Portugal friendly

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The U.S. Men's National Team has called in the young guns ahead of the upcoming friendly with Portugal.

Budding stars Josh Sargent, Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams headline the list of 21 players called into USMNT camp by interim head coach Dave Sarachan ahead of the Nov. 14 match against Portugal.

The Rest

News roundup: Academy honors, MLS conference finals 1st leg, USSF rumors, more

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Union Academy players earn recognition, the first legs of the MLS Conference Finals begin tonight, and more rumors and murmurs from around the globe.

Marcus Rashford: Tim Howard was my idol

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Tim Howard's time at Manchester United serves as an unlikely inspiration to one of the sport's brightest young stars.

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford says the U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper was his childhood "idol". Rashford, who played as a goalkeeper during his youth, looked up to and tried to emulate Howard, who made 77 appearances for Man United from2003 to 2007

"My first season, I went in net," Rashford told The Sunday Times.

CONCACAF introduces League of Nations

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CONCACAF officially announced the new League of Nations competition, set to begin in September, 2018. The press release confirmed an earlier report that the confederation was set to follow UEFA's example and form a league structure for their national teams.

Though the specifics won't be released until early 2018, CONCACAF confirmed that all 41 nations in the region will play across three leagues with promotion and relegation.

The continuing conundrum of C.J. Sapong

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C.J. Sapong had a career year and moved into first place for the Union's all-time season goals record. Yet somehow his position next year doesn't feel secure.

Highlights: USMNT 1, Portugal 1

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Report: U.S. Soccer exploring idea of games against big-name teams to miss World Cup

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Don't get your hopes up yet, but there is a chance the U.S. Men's National Team could compete against some of the other big-name countries that missed out on the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

According to ESPN, U.S. Soccer and SUM are exploring matches between the USMNT, Italy, Chile, Ghana and the Netherlands.

Arena 'would have bet on' Miazga, Brooks pairing at World Cup

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Former U.S. Men's National Team boss Bruce Arena made an appearance on Fox Sports 1's broadcast for Tuesday's friendly against Portugal, and he didn't shy away from projections from what could have been.

Arena stated that the center back pairing of John Brooks and Matt Miazga would've been his choice had the USMNT qualified for the World Cup in Russia next summer.

For first time in years, competition wide open for starting USMNT goalkeeping spot

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There are plenty of positional battles throughout the U.S. Men's National Team pool. It's only natural given the state of the team, which now faces a lengthy rebuilding process. Naturally, old stars are phased out and new stars are, hopefully, brought in, tested and ready to roll by the time competitive matches resume.

The Situation Room

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Looking forward into the next cycle, there were some of these jobs I want handed to short crews and other to have plenty of options. That may make some of these look lean, and a couple of those actually are. But some of the youth stars should come bearing restart skills when they eventually enter the frame.

Footy On The Telly Nov. 10-17

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Special Road Trip Note For Advance Planners - US Open Cup, Round 3: 11/18 @8:00pm Lansdowne Bhoys FC (NY) vs Junior Lone Star U23s (PA) Tibbetts Brooke Park; Yonkers, N.Y. 11/19 @1:00om Christos FC (MD) vs. Phoenix Soccer Club (PA) Anne Arundel Community College; Arnold, Md. And now, back to our regularly scheduled Footy, coming to you at a couch near you:

Picking a Portugal roster

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A day behind original schedule and racing against the USMNT roster reveal, I've decided to swap order on the next two bits. Pick the selection now, and get to the dead ball duties later. It's a group of 26, which is kinda large for a one-off friendly - but I dun care. They're all important games when we need to learn things.

Here Or There?

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Piggy-backing on to that last Christian Pulisic post, it's time to run down all the USMNT guys who will be rightfully considered at more than one position on the Clipboard. Several of the wingers can be used on either side, but that's fairly obvious, so I skipped over them here. However, there are some very valuable and potentially helpful pieces to think about when it comes to finding optimum

Jozy Altidore hits out at 'classless' chants at Red Bull Arena

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Following the U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup qualifying failure, Jozy Altidore knew the boos were coming. However, he was none too pleased with the treatment at Red Bull Arena on Monday night.

Altidore and Toronto FC teammate Michael Bradley were jeered and booed throughout Monday's match, a 2-1 TFC win over the New York Red Bulls in Harrison.

Laurent Blanc, Sam Allardyce address USMNT job rumors

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Laurent Blanc and Sam Allardyce became the first foreign managers linked to the U.S. Men's National Team job earlier this week, and both have taken the chance to address the rumors early.

Speaking to media on Wednesday, Blanc said the rumors are just that: rumors. The former Paris Saint-Germain manager has been out of coaching since departing the club in 2016 and admitted he isn't ready to jump back into the game.

Claudio Reyna on American soccer: "We're far too arrogant"

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As a former U.S. Men's National Team star, Claudio Reyna was left very, very disappointed by what he saw from the U.S. Men's National Team throughout the World Cup cycle, but the NYCFC executive wasn't fully surprised by the U.S. team's failure.

Reyna took aim at the mentality possessed by many throughout U.

The Five-Year Stare

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Before we get started, please do forgive me for taking this long. To be quite frank, I spent the first few days after the USMNT's gasp-worthy World Cup qualifying failure staring off into space. I simply couldn't believe it was real. This was me from the final whistle last Tuesday night until Friday: I was in a daze, folks.

USMNT jumps one spot to 27th in latest FIFA rankings

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The latest FIFA rankings are out and the results are a bit baffling for fans of the U.S. Men's National Team.

The USMNT moved up a spot to 27th position after their 4-0 defeat of Panama and their subsequent, World Cup destroying 2-1 defeat at Trinidad and Tobago. That places them third overall in CONCACAF behind Mexico (16) and Costa Rica (22).